Many parents have been asking this Fall - "What do I need to buy for my first-time player?". While bats are *not* required and the team will generally have extras or your child's teammates will be more than happy to share, many kids want their own bat. If you do purchase a bat for the Fall, do NOT spend a lot of money on the currently-approved 2 1/4 inch barrel bats. You can spend upwards of three or four hundred dollars on a bat. Don't do it!!! Especially for a first timer, or young player, just get a $40-50 bat or even check Craiglist or other for sale groups for used equipment.
If you want to read more about the Little League bat rule changes coming for 2018, do it here.